Kagawa tipped to shine at United

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Shinji Kagawa has been tipped to flourish in the Premier League by his Japan teammates.

The Japanese international is set to move to Old Trafford after Manchester United revealed they had agreed a deal with Borussia Dortmund to sign the player. Kagawa is currently on international duty with Japan, and still has to complete a medical and obtain a work permit before he can be officially unveiled as a United player.

But Kagawa's international colleagues, including Arsenal's Ryo Miyaichi, have predicted the Dortmund playmaker will shine in the Premier League.

"It would be great if us Japanese players could bring excitement to the Premier League together," said Miyaichi. "I want to follow his lead. By learning what he is good at, such as playing in small spaces, I would like to become a better player."

Japan captain Hasebe Makoto also paid tribute to Kagawa's ability, as his country prepare to face Jordan and Austrailia in their upcoming World Cup 2014 qualifiers.

Makoto said: "When I was a child, Japanese players only moved to big clubs in cartoons. It would be nice if more Japanese kids wanted to be like Shinji."

United expect the deal for Kagawa to be completed by the end of June, and the Bundesliga star should be ready to train in time for pre-season. The Japan international was one of Dortmund's standout performers as the German club beat Bayern Munich to the league and cup double.

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